When you must fight to obtain the compensation you deserve after a car crash, you want to do everything you can to build a strong case and to increase the likelihood of receiving what you are owed.
You will need to prove the other driver’s negligence and prove that you were injured if you want to accomplish your goals. One way to do this is to keep an auto accident journal to record important facts and other details about the crash and your injuries, treatment, and pain.
Do’s and Don’ts for Keeping a Car Accident Diary
Your car accident journal can be an actual journal or a pad of paper where you write down important information about your claim. You can use it to record how the accident occurred, important contact information, doctor’s appointments, and details about your pain from your injuries. This can help you keep track of everything and remember crucial details later when you give a deposition or testify at trial.
However, you want to be certain that the information is indeed helpful and that your good intentions do not backfire on you.
Follow These 6 Car Accident Diary Do's:
- Think before you write, and remember that the attorney for the negligent driver’s insurance company may obtain a copy of it if you must file a lawsuit.
- Be honest, accurate, and brief.
- Date and sign each entry.
- Record all in-person and phone conversations with doctors, other medical providers, insurance adjusters, police officers, and any other person with information concerning your claim.
- Date and save all written communications, like letters, emails, and texts from attorneys, insurance companies, police, and anyone providing you with medical treatment.
- Consistently record any limitation in your day-to-day activities and any pain you are experiencing after the accident.
4 Mistakes You Don't Want to Make When Keeping Your Accidnet Journal:
- Don’t exaggerate, lie, or distort the truth. Most likely you will get caught and you will hurt your credibility in general—which may significantly reduce the value of your claim.
- Don’t write “same as yesterday” or something similar when describing limitations in your activities or your pain. This could be interpreted to mean that you really were not concerned about your injuries or that they were not that serious. Don’t repeat entries for the same reason.
- Try to use descriptive words instead of very general ones.
- Do not let long periods of time elapse between entries or write them long after what you are writing about occurred.
Before starting a diary, you should consult with your attorney so that you follow his guidelines for keeping one. You also want to show it to him periodically so that he can catch any errors in it or give you tips for improving it.
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